Title: The Hawkweed Prophecy
Author: Irena Brignull
Series: The Hawkweed Series #1
Publisher: Weinstein Books
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Source: Publisher/Irish Banana Blog Tours
Imagine if you grew up in a place where you didn't feel like you fit in. It didn't matter how hard you tried, it just never worked. You were always the odd duck. The weird one. The one who just wasn't..."right."
That is how it is for both of your main female characters, Poppy and Ember.
Poppy has grown up in the "normal" world. No magic exists. However, she can make things happen. It doesn't matter if she means it to or not. She may just lose her temper. And the cats. The cats follow her every where. Unfortunately for Poppy this has strained her relationship with her parents. Her mother is even in an institution because of her daughters....oddness.
And Ember. She is a sweet innocent girl who has grown up in a caravan of women. And in her world magic is very much real. The women can make things happen. However, Ember can't. No matter how hard she tries, she cannot cast a spell or make things happen. Making the poor girl an outcast.
One day the girls meet and they become friends and the story unwinds from there.
There is a boy in this story. His name is Leo. And if you like instant love and triangles, you will like the relationship stuff that goes on. It is very much insta-love. See the boy, fall for the boy, and oh my goodness no one could possibly be better than this boy!
It is really kind of annoying. And in my opinion, the down fall of this book.
When the book wasn't dealing with the insta-love triangle thing it had a pretty good story arc. And the way it was written was great! I kept finding myself pulled in. Things were described so vividly. I found myself impressed more than once with how Irena Brignull wrote various scenes.
I also have to say that I didn't really like Poppy very much. She started kind of growing on me towards the end, but I think that was because she finally started to show some sort of growth. Other wise I found her one dimensional and very full of her self (and very stuck on that insta-love). I definitely liked Ember more.
All in all, a good book. It was slow at times and then at other times it's pace picked up. I must warn you though that there is animal cruelty. If you would like to know more about that specifically, you can feel free to contact me!
This review is based on a copy provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.